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Kendra Hillman swims in roughwater event

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Photo submitted by Hillman family Stephen and Kendra Hillman pose following their successful completion of a 2.4 mile open water swim off the shores of Honolulu, Hawaii. The youngest Hillman, a senior at Delta High School, was asked to swim with her uncle

Anyone for swimming in the ocean? And, not just a brief leisure excursion either. Try a 2.4 mile swim off the island of Honolulu, Hawaii.

A local teen had just such experience over the Labor Day weekend.

Kendra Hillman, a senior on the girls Delta County swim team had the experience of a lifetime after her uncle, Stephen Hillman, a Delta alumni from 1982, invited her to join him in swimming the 48th Annual Wakiki Roughwater Swim Competition in Honolulu.

The race is 2.4 miles in duration and attracts daring swimmers from around the globe.

For Stephen Hillman, this was his 10th Wakiki Ocean Race and he wanted to share the experience with his niece for her senior year in high school.

The duo completed the race in one hour and 45 minutes with 700 swimmers starting the race. Just over 600 finished.

Swimmers ranged in age from eight to their 80s with ocean conditions of two to four foot waves (Hawaiian Scale).

Kendra Hillman had no open water ocean swimming experience and knew she was in for quite a task ahead of her. Given the opportunity to arrive in Honolulu four days before the event, Hillman took that time to familiarize herself with ocean conditions under her uncle's close guidance.

The Hillman family is very proud of the successful finish Kendra and her uncle had. Kendra Hillman is very thankful to be part of such a great event and noted, "Thanks to the coolest uncle around!!!!"

One last note from Kendra ... Come support the Delta High School girls swim team this winter!

Thanks to Jolea Hillman for sharing this story with the DCI.

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